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Harris County Sheriff's Office
Monday July 3rd, 2023 :: 04:53 p.m. CDT


Man Dies After Suffering Apparent Medical Emergency in Jail

July 3, 2023 - A man died Saturday after suffering an apparent medical emergency in the Harris County Jail.   


Ramon Thomas, 30, was found unresponsive with a low pulse in his cell. Jail medical staff immediately began lifesaving efforts, and he was taken to the 1200 Baker Street clinic. At approximately 10:26 p.m., a Houston Fire Department ambulance transported Thomas to Ben Taub hospital, and he was pronounced deceased at 10:44 p.m.  


Thomas had no obvious physical injuries. He had been in the jail since April 19.  


The death is being investigated by the Texas Rangers in accordance with state law that requires all jail deaths to be investigated by an outside law enforcement agency.  


The Sheriff's Office Internal Affairs Division is also investigating to determine whether all applicable policies and procedures were followed, which is standard following the death of a person in jail. The man’s cause of death will be determined by an autopsy conducted by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.  


In addition, the death has been reported to the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. 

Harris County Sheriff's Office
1200 Baker St
Houston, TX 77002

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 713-221-6000

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